“Turkey straddles the border of southeastern Europe and southwestern Asia and its neighbours are Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Iran, Iraq, Syria, the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea. It is neither considered truly European nor Middle Eastern but is somewhere in between, although formal EU accession talks are now underway.
As part of Turkeyâ€™s bid to join the EU, national legislation regarding medical device regulation has been aligned with that of the EU, although that process is not yet complete and the two systems are not yet identical. As a result of this alignment, the regulatory environment in Turkey is far more complex and the processes much more comprehensive in Turkey than elsewhere in the Middle East.
The government has placed an emphasis on developing its healthcare system, with the goal of establishing a Universal Healthcare System by 2013 as part of its ongoing reforms for the healthcare sector.